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05-09-2013 04:57 PM

Lathe chisel handles - 4 replies

Hey all, I just finished turning a new handle for a Hosaluk style ferrule that a machinist friend made me and that got me thinking about handle shape for lathe chisels. I tend to like shapes like these: Basically they have 2 distinct areas for me to grip them, upper and lower with a hump in between. I was inspired by the handles fo...

04-18-2013 02:11 AM

2 mini lathes for sale in Twin Cities - 2 replies

I have 2 mini lathes for sale in the Twin Cities area. I recently got a larger Grizzly lathe, and just don’t have room for 3 lathes. First up is a Harbor Freight Central Machinery 10”x18” lathe. Here’s the link on the HF site: This was my first lat...

04-15-2013 03:35 PM

Delta 46-460 on sale at Menards - 2 replies

Just a heads up for those interested. The Delta 46-460 midi lathe is on sale at Menards for $599. You can special order at a store to avoid shipping costs, if it’s not in stock.

02-03-2013 07:28 PM

New Veritas saw filing guide - 9 replies

I just saw this on the Lee Valley site and am about to order it. Looks like just what I was looking for.,43072,43086&p=70465

01-14-2013 07:31 PM

Booze safe finish? - 4 replies

A friend of mine has asked me to turn a pair of goblets for him and his wife with the intention of using them to drink wine, mead and other forms of alcohol out of them. What sort of finish would you recommend that’s not only food safe, but alcohol safe? I’ve primarily been using mineral oil and beeswax on things I want to be eaten o...

12-27-2012 06:51 PM

$15 off $100 order at Craft Supplies USA 27 Dec only - 1 reply

Hey all, I don’t if you guys get the emails from Craft Supplies USA, but they’re having a promotion today where they offer $15 off a $100 order. The code to use at checkout is 15OFF100. I got a big shipment of assorted turning blanks from them the other day and could not be happier with what I got. Enjoy!

12-18-2012 09:43 PM

Great video on holding wood on the lathe - 23 replies

This is the most comprehensive video I’ve ever seen of the different ways to hold wood on a lathe. It’s long, close to an hour and a half, but well worth watching, particularly for newer turners like myself. Enjoy!

11-09-2012 09:19 PM

Face/lung/eye protection while turning - 8 replies

What do you folks wear on your head when turning? I’ve been wearing my goggles, 3m half face respirator (6800 series I think?) and a face shield on top. This arrangement just isn’t working. It’s bulky, annoying to put on and take off and tends to fog up. The fogging up I think I can fix if I put something over the exhale valve ...

11-04-2012 02:50 AM

3 braces and a Yankee screwdriver - 2 replies

I won an auction on ebay for a lot of misc tools recently and am offering you guys the things I don’t really need. I have not restored any of these, just sprayed a bit of WD-40 to loosen them up and verify functionality. First up is a North Bros 133H Yankee screwdriver. I don’t have any bits for it. You can find them on ebay or Le...

11-02-2012 08:16 PM

Paul Sellers online woodworking classes - 8 replies

I don’t see a topic about this, so I thought I’d post this. Paul Sellers mentioned in his blog that he was going to be doing some online woodworking classes about a month ago. Yesterday he announced the classes and the website to sign up for them. It’s here: Rich;)

10-31-2012 03:29 PM

Tongue in cheek saw mill in MN - 1 reply

I had to share this with you guys. I saw a posting from this saw mill about turning blanks, so I contacted them and checked out their website. You gotta love their sense of humor… Rich;)

10-02-2012 01:45 AM

Shop class on demand? - 4 replies

Hey all, I’ve been thinking about signing up for Shop Class On Demand, which is Popular Woodworking’s online video streaming service ( Does anyone have any experience with it? The only review I’ve found for it complains that the user didn’t get The Woodwright’s Shop for h...

09-29-2012 09:13 AM

Weird saw tooth pattern - 12 replies

I acquired this ~20” EC Atkins hand saw recently on eBay. I was looking over it after it came in the mail and noticed that it has a weird saw tooth pattern. Instead of the teeth all being uniform in length, it appears as though the teeth on this saw are in pairs, with a smaller tooth in front of a larger tooth. Has anyone seen this bef...

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